When shade first came out his epic was released right away. The plan was to give all heroes an epic so it made sense from a design perspective to include the epic in the design for any new heroes. But after it happened there was a big negative uprising. Everyone wanted the old heroes to becomes useful again and doing epics for new heroes right away seemed like a recipe for keeping old heroes collecting dust and ensuring only the newest heroes were relevant.
Now we're almost a year after epics have first come out and here's my observations:
- An epic does not make an old hero relevant in the current PVP meta again. An epic released for a hero that is already strong/useful enough to be part of the meta could potentially be meta-shaking. But if the hero was irrelevant in PVP before the epic they will still be irrelevant in PVP after. So any epics released for old heroes without a accompanying hero rework are either useless and boring or PVE focused.
- PVE focused epics are getting boring. We don't need any more (for now). I'd be absolutely thrilled if the rest of boss mode required all sorts of new and interesting teams I hadn't put any effort into before. But we have all the teams we need for PVE as it exists today. So even if an epic suddenly made selwyn or sifu into a PVE superstar it would be kind of a dud. We adjust our teams slightly and smash PVE slightly faster then we were before.
- Currently we get about 1 epic a month and 1 new hero a month. That's a problem. Based on how new heroes affect the meta that basically means the likelihood we'll get a pvp relevant epic again is actually pretty small. By the time we get to the current pvp relevant heroes it's pretty likely they'll be irrelevant.
Don't get me wrong, I would love the old heroes currently collecting dust to be relevant again. But throwing an epic on them is lipstick on a pig. And continuing to try that tactic is just making epics boring.
So I am proposing we go back to the original plan. New heroes release with an epic. And do the next few monthly epics for PVP relevant heroes. Or do an epic for an old hero along with a rework that is expected to make them pvp relevant again. That's perfectly fine too. Hold off on the PVE ones for a bit until we have more info on the next iteration of PVE and what we might need. No more boring epics that just move old heroes to the top of the hero collection screen and restart the dust collection process.
On a related note, why didn't rocky's rework come with an epic? That would've been a perfect example of how to do an old hero epic. Take an old hero that was collecting dust, rework them into something very relevant to the current PVP or PVE meta and add an epic that you now really want.